Researching Your Family History: The Next Steps

Ref: C3527603

A follow up family history course to the ‘Getting Started’ course, designed to ‘put the flesh on the bones’. We will look at occupations, military records, wills from 1858 and newspapers to help us find out what our ancestors were up to.

Additional information about this course

4.00pm finish on first and last sessions.

Course aim

1. To foster the desire to research family history. 2. To enable students to use genealogical documents to obtain relevant information and record it in a meaningful way. 3. To encourage students to use primary evidence in their research.

Who is the course for?

Attendance on the 'Getting Started' course or knowledge of General Registration and census materials is desirable.

What topics will this course cover

Course content will focus on the 19th and 20th centuries: military records, particularly for World War One, wills from 1858 and how to find them, newspapers, occupations and common pitfalls.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Explain where military records can be found. 2. Use internet sources to locate ancestors in World War One. 3. Explain where information on occupations can be found. 4. Know why wills are important to the family historian. 5. Use internet sources to locate newspapers.

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will give verbal feedback during the sessions. More formal feedback session can be arranged if requested.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Notebook and pencil.

Reading and information sources

Attendance on the 'Getting Started' course or knowledge of General Registration and census materials is desirable.

What could the course lead to?

The tutor will discuss progression routes with individual learners at the end of the course.

Download full course outline

Researching Your Family History: The Next Steps Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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